Guidance on Face Coverings

NOTE: This Guidance replaces the Policy on Face Coverings as of March 14, 2022

Beginning March 14, 2022, masks are optional in most University spaces.

Face coverings must still be worn in the following situations:

  • Where required by state or local agencies, currently in the McCosh Health Center, and all athletic training rooms in Caldwell Field House, Dillon Gym, and Baker Rink.
  • As instructed by Global and Community Health following a positive test result for COVID-19 or when identified as a close contact
  • When faculty and staff as conveners of a class, lab, gathering, or meeting require participants to wear a mask

Continue to carry a mask with you at all times in the event you are in one of the above situations.

Additional guidance on face coverings:

  • The campus community must continue to foster a non-judgmental environment in which people’s individual choice regarding whether or not to wear a mask is honored.
  • People who have approved exemptions and are therefore not up to date on their vaccinations or boosters, are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times when indoors and around others to protect their own health and the health of others.
  • Masks, particularly KN95 masks, continue to be effective in reducing the risk of transmission. The CDC offers guidance on mask wearing, which is a useful resource.
  • Participants in a class, gathering, or meeting may request that the instructor or convener require masks, but the instructor or convener may decide whether or not masks are required.

Obtaining Face Coverings

Departments may purchase KN95 masks through EHS, using the COVID-19 PPE and Supply Request Form. KN95 masks are found under the category “Eye and Face.”

More Information

For more information about face coverings, please refer to:

Protectiveness of Masks